11 Flowers, a film by Wang Xiaoshuai
From Wang Xiaoshuai, the director of Beijing Bicycle and Shanghai Dreams, comes a poignant depiction of the Cultural Revolution through a child’s eyes. The young Wang Han, not yet even a teenager, experiences the turmoil and challenges of living in 1970s southwestern China. As his relatives struggle with fighting between the Red Guards and conservatives, Han focuses on the simple joys of life, such as the new shirt he proudly dons during morning calisthenics. An air of comedy arises from the mundane tasks and daily routines in the final years of Mao’s socio-political experiment.
A Variety film critic writes: “Set during the waning stage of China’s Cultural Revolution, 11 Flowers is by turns wistful, hopeful, and even funny, balancing a momentous historical context with a stirring evocation of childhood. Among Wang Xiaoshuai’s finest films.” This portrayal of China’s recent past was a selection at numerous international film festivals, including Busan, Hong Kong, and Toronto.
Join us for the Texas premiere of this intimate family story within a politically charged historical framework.
Parental guidance is suggested due to a few violent scenes associated with the Cultural Revolution. Mandarin with English subtitles.
Video: Theatrical Trailer
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